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Queen’s Park 0-2 Peterhead

 

PETERHEAD CHAMPIONS !!

 

Celebrations at the national stadium as Peterhead clinched the League 2 title with a fine 2-0 victory against Queen’s Park.

Jack Leitch made the difference.  The attacking midfielder has chipped in with some important goals during the run-in but none more so than his first half double, which ensured there would be no Hampden heartache.

Leitch headed in a Jamie Stevenson cross in the 26th minute to settle any Blue Toon nerves.

The former Airdrie youngster scored again just before half time, rounding off a neat move involving Scott Brown and Ryan Dow to put the visitors firmly in command. 

Following last week’s dramatic finish when Peterhead agonisingly conceded a stoppage time equaliser against Stirling Albion, they were determined to get the job done at the second attempt. 

Therefore, the second half was about seeing the game out and that was achieved with minimal fuss in front of around 200 visiting fans, who made up the near 1,000 attendance.

Huge congratulations to Jim McInally, his staff and his team. 

10 months of hard work was well worth it.  League 1 football beckons - once the title party is over!

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  • Home Team Queen’s Park 0
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Two first-half Jack Leitch goals clinches title at Hampden

Peterhead 1-1 Stirling Albion

 

A cruel, crushing ending saw Peterhead concede in stoppage time to deny them the chance to win the League 2 title with a game to spare.

The Blue Toon were well on course to be crowned champions in front of their own fans.

Jack Leitch’s first half strike looked like being enough against a Stirling side that hardly had an effort on goal.

But the Binos levelled in the 93rd minute through substitute Peter Macdonald leaving the near 1,400 supporters inside Balmoor stunned and sickened. 

It’s not over though. Far from it.  Peterhead do still have another opportunity to pick up the trophy against Queen’s Park at Hampden.

A draw, barring an incredibly high-scoring win for Clyde at Cowdenbeath, will still be enough and that needs to be remembered.

Yes, it would have been fitting to get the job done and party on home territory but the national stadium is not the worst second-best. 

The Blue Toon faithful began to believe it was their day when Leitch scored eight minutes before half-time.

Cammy Thomson misplaced a pass and the ball fell the way of Leitch, who drove forward and after playing a neat one-two with Rory McAllister, he slotted past Callum Ferrie from eight yards.

Leitch was unlucky not to score again moments into the second half when, after a clipped pass from Jamie Stevenson, he spun in the box and shot just wide. 

The biggest and best chance for a killer, title-winning second fell for substitute Shane Sutherland with 20 minutes left.  The forward had only just entered the pitch when he volleyed a Scott Brown cross over from very close range. 

It was another sub who had the final say, Macdonald turning in a Darren Smith delivery just seconds before the referee blew up for full time. 

 

PETERHEAD
Fleming, Stevenson, Eadie, J.Brown, Boyle, Ferry, Gibson, S.Brown, Leitch (Willis 83), Dow (Home 87), McAllister (Sutherland 70)
Unused. Henderson. Lyle. Riley. Willox

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Stirling Albion 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Stirling stun Blue Toon with injury-time goal

ELGIN CITY 1-2 PETERHEAD

 

Peterhead moved ever closer to the League 2 title after winning an action-packed match at Elgin. 

There was an own goal, a missed penalty and a red card as the Blue Toon picked up a huge three points in Moray. 

With Clyde notching an emphatic 5-0 win over basement side Berwick, the gap remains four points but there are now just two games left and one more win will see the Blue Toon crowned champions. 

The leaders got their noses in front after just two minutes, Callum Wilson putting through his own net from Ryan Dow’s corner. 

In the 18th minute, the scores were level again when Greg Morrison headed Ross McIver’s cross beyond Greg Fleming.

Jack Leitch restored Peterhead’s lead in the 29th minute, neatly slotting past Kyle Gourlay from Rory McAllister’s set-up.

There was still time for more drama before the interval because the hosts were awarded a penalty in the 43rd minute after Morrison went down under Mick Dunlop’s challenge.

McIver failed from the spot though, courtesy of a fine Fleming stop, which preserved Peterhead’s advantage.

The Blue Toon had some opportunities to go further in front in the second half but rather than scoring again, it was vital they did not concede.

Sure enough, they kept the back door tightly shut although they were made to sweat until the final whistle after Dunlop was dismissed for picking up a second yellow card in the last minute.

On to next week, Peterhead know a win over Stirling Albion will get them over the line, regardless of Clyde’s result against Queen’s Park.

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  • Home Team Elgin City 1
  • Away Team Peterhead 2
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Fleming penalty save puts Peterhead on verge of triumph

PETERHEAD 1-1 ALBION ROVERS


League 2 leaders Peterhead suffered the agony of conceding a stoppage time goal as Albion Rovers salvaged a draw at Balmoor.

Jack Leitch’s deflected effort had given the Blue Toon the lead but Kevin Harper’s team hit back through a fine Smart Osadolor strike.

The result meant Peterhead’s lead was cut to four points after Clyde scored two late goals at fellow title hopefuls Edinburgh.

Nothing happened in the first half apart from throw-ins, which amounted to 45 by the interval.

But there was action to report in the second period as Peterhead upped the tempo.

Shane Sutherland saw a 50th minute shot headed off the line by Lewis Wilson, with Peter Morrison out of his goal.

However, the Albion goalkeeper did make some fine saves, notably from Jason Brown’s header and then Leitch.

Rory McAllister was introduced from the bench and he played a pivotal role in the Blue Toon’s 64th minute goal.  Scott Brown switched the play superbly and McAllister nodded his cross into the path of Leitch, whose 12 yard shot went in off Gary Phillips.

Osadolor thought he had equalised five minutes later with a back post header, which was well kept out by Greg Fleming.

The warning was there because Osadolor struck in added on time with a fine 22 yard effort after the home team failed to properly clear a throw-in.

Incidentally, the throw-in count ended up at 90.  If only the clock did.

 

Fleming, Stevenson (Home 74), J.Brown,  Dunlop, Boyle, Ferry, Gibson, S.Brown, Leitch (Willis 80), Dow, Sutherland (McAllister 54)

Unused. Henderson. Eadie. Willox. McDonald

Yellow carded. McAllister. S.Brown

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  • Home Team Peterhead 1
  • Away Team Albion Rovers 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Lead cut to four points after Osadolor goal in stoppage time

Clyde 3

Peterhead 3

 

Peterhead endured a frustrating finish against Clyde but it still turned out to be a decent day for the Blue Toon.

The League 2 leaders had to settle for a draw despite leading 3-1 with 18 minutes remaining.

But with Edinburgh suffering defeat at Cowdenbeath, the point meant Jim McInally’s men actually increased their lead at the top of the table.

Willie Gibson gave the visitors the perfect start with a delightful fourth minute free-kick, which found the top corner. 

When Paul Willis scored his first Peterhead goal in the 31st minute with a six-yard strike, Clyde’s prospects appeared bleak.

But Danny Lennon’s team got right back in the match at the start of the second half, David Goodwillie sending a close-range header beyond Greg Fleming. 

Scott Brown restored the Blue Toon’s two-goal cushion in the 52nd minute by rifling a shot from outside the box into the bottom corner.

Shane Sutherland then hit the crossbar before Clyde were awarded a 72nd minute penalty when Jason Brown handled the ball. 

Goodwillie made no mistake from the spot and Scott Banks drew the Bully Wee level six minutes later with a fine 20 yard curling effort. 

The match ended 3-3 but Peterhead will reflect on extending their advantage to six points with now four games left.  It had been five and five.

Additional Info

  • Home Team Clyde 3
  • Away Team Peterhead 3
  • Win/Draw/Lost Draw
  • Banner Sub Title Clyde unable to cut gap on Peterhead despite fightback

PETERHEAD 2-1 COWDENBEATH

 

Three goals scored and three golden opportunities squandered.

That was the match summary as Peterhead dug out a nervy win over Cowdenbeath to maintain their five point advantage at the top.

Rory McAllister opened the scoring in the 27th minute after a long punt forward from Greg Fleming.  Dreadful defending was exposed by the Blue Toon captain, who got in behind the visiting backline to bury a shot past David McGurn.

How Jason Brown did not make it 2-0 moments later was hard to believe.  It was a header from just a few yards out, following a free-kick, which the 22 year old somehow sent wide. 

Sure enough Cowden equalised through former Blue Toon man David Cox a minute before half time.  Jordan Allan provided the assist with a superb turn to get away from Paddy Boyle and his low cross was dispatched by the sliding Cox. 

Peterhead regrouped at the interval and they went back in front six minutes into the second half.  Boyle crossed for Scott Brown and the midfielder sent a fine 10 yard header high into the net.

Had Ryan Dow not passed up a great chance in the 55th minute, Peterhead would have been comfortable. 

Willie Gibson threaded a ball through for Dow and barring the assistant referee, everybody in the stadium, including Dow, seemed to think the flag was coming for offside.  It stayed down but the former Dundee Utd forward shot tentatively at McGurn and it stayed 2-1.

Cowdenbeath could have taken a point after blowing a gilt-edge chance in the closing stages.  Fraser Mullen’s free-kick was saved by the diving Fleming but Robbie Deas could not net the rebound, heading over from six yards.

Peterhead breathed a sigh of relief to stay clear of Edinburgh and their next opponents Clyde.

 

Fleming, Home, Boyle, Dunlop, J.Brown, S.Brown, Gibson, Leitch (Willox 89), Dow, Sutherland 5 (Willis 71), McAllister (Eadie 76)

Unused. Henderson. Ferry. McCracken

 

Additional Info

  • Home Team Peterhead 2
  • Away Team Cowdenbeath 1
  • Win/Draw/Lost Win
  • Banner Sub Title Scott Brown scores winner after McAllister’s first half opener
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